Sounds very similar in principle. Funding access and site ownership are
two major keys to understanding what's happening. At a second meeting
today, much information was extracted from the officers which sheds a
lot of light on it - more elsewhere.
In message <200207311320_MC3-1-8EC-9AA0(a)compuserve.com>, Gerry Langley
UK <GerryLangley(a)compuserve.com> writes
Just to give the Northumberland view point.
"Our" record office is at present on 2 1/2
sites(Berwick RO is a shared facility btw the
County and the Town)
The decision has been made to move the two main
sites to one purpose built building.
In order to obtain funding it is to be placed
in the only area in NBL which attracts development
funding from outside (EU etc) and is also being
developed through matched heritage lottery funding.
To say that the proposed site at Woodhorn is somewhat
inaccessible is an understatement although there is a fine
mining museum there.
Point is this god-forsaken hole is the only place they will
get funding for that they can't afford themselves.
There were "suggestions" that rail links from the main
Tyneside conurbation "may" be improved if passenger
numbers justified it - some hope!!!